‘Bourbon & Belonging’ - Kentucky Queer Bourbon Week

‘Bourbon & Belonging’ – Kentucky Queer Bourbon Week

Saturday, 20 Apr, 2024 0

Local LGBTQ+ run non-profit Queer Kentucky is introducing “Bourbon & Belonging,” Kentucky’s Queer Bourbon Week.

This is a state-wide LGBTQ+ inclusive happening, set to take place October 2-6, 2024.

Bourbon & Belonging is launching with the support of eight Kentucky-based destination marketing organizations, which have joined together to showcase the state’s rich Bourbon and hospitality cultures to LGBTQ+ visitors.

The inaugural Bourbon & Belonging will feature events in these official sponsor destinations: Bardstown, Bullitt County, Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Northern Kentucky, Paducah and Winchester.

“As an organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ advocacy, we couldn’t be more excited to be launching Bourbon & Belonging, the nation’s inaugural Queer Bourbon Week,” said Missy Spears, Executive Director, Queer Kentucky.

“It underscores the necessity of creating spaces of acceptance and celebration in regions where it’s most needed.”

“Bourbon & Belonging will showcase Louisville’s diversity, Bourbon culture, and the southern hospitality that brings it all together,” said Cleo Battle, President & CEO of Louisville Tourism.

“As the Commonwealth’s largest city, we want to lead the way in championing Kentucky’s dedication to inclusion.”

The event features a growing lineup of Bourbon partners that represent the state of Kentucky.

These include Angel’s Envy, Bardstown Bourbon Company, Barrel House Distilling Co., Bourbon Capital Alliance, Bulleit Bourbon, Evan Williams, James B. Beam Distilling Company, James E. Pepper, Lawrenceburg Bourbon Company, Lux Row Distillers, Maker’s Mark, New Riff Distilling, Old Forester, Ponyboy Slings, Second Sight and Wenzel Whiskey.

“It’s more than just bourbon,” said Mary Quinn Ramer, President of VisitLEX.

“It’s about carving out a space where everyone feels at home. It will emphasize the genuine hospitality, charm and warmth that Kentucky has to offer to everyone.”

A variety of host hotels have also committed to partnering with the event, including 21c Museum Hotels, Common Bond Hotel Collection and Hotel Covington.

This week-long event was inspired by “Gay Wine Weekend” in Sonoma and “QueerBeer Fest” in Washington DC.

Participants will be offered a range of activities, tastings, and gatherings designed to foster safety and togetherness while raising vital funds for Queer Kentucky and other Kentucky-based LGBTQ+ community service organizations.

A schedule of events will be announced this summer.

Visit www.bourbonandbelonging.com to learn more. 

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